Originally Posted by Mike
Ah yes, the classic case of different standards. I would never claim that my judgements of Hitchens are generous. To be fair, I am no more generous in judging my own thoughts, perhaps why am not hesitant to use stricter standards. And your statement strikes me as an entirely reasonable position. Hitchens' work was not necessarily mediocre, I just tend to think it was not successful nor impressive (here again I think of Wittgenstein, Spinoza, Gödel. Unfair? Maybe, but they were certainly impressive). These sort of statements are really more about personal disposition and personal intellectual interests. Disagreeing is then neither wrong nor irrational.
As a note, I think the Posner comparison is quite good.
Okay my new found bhtv friend, let's leave it there.
Have a good holiday and a good new year.
Perhaps in that new year, we can find something else to disagree civilly about, even with this site being stripped down.